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    Tim Burton
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    Esprit V8 GT

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  1. Apologies, ended up making an impulse purchase of a Corvette on the Thursday (yes really!) so didn't attempt to get clearance from the wife for more car related activity. Hope to be along to a meet at some point, although I do tend to lay the esprit up over the winter so may be next year.
  2. Long time lurker here. Had hoped to make this as quite local but neither date ideal. 23rd is my daughter's birthday party in the afternoon so if preparations are ahead I'll try and persuade the wife to let me come down.
  3. Update: I made the long trek to see Geoff at esprit engineering at the weekend and was pleased to be given a clean bill of health. Well, a few observations; one of the turbos will need some work in the medium term, I need to replace the front tyres, and yes, some of the pipework should be replaced as & when other jobs are done, but no red flags. Very pleased to have made the trip. And after spending over an hour prodding around my car Geoff tried to refuse taking any payment. Oh, and he spends his spare time repairing aeroplanes, definitely the kind of guy I want working on my ca
  4. Took it in for an mot.... and it passed! So I've bought myself a bit more time and can now drive it to wherever I decide to go rather than having to stick it on a trailer.
  5. Hi guys Thanks again for the input. As above the bottom line is that the car is going nowhere. So with regards to the original question, the answer is >113k miles and 19 years. Seems entirely obvious now. My issue now is whether to get the work done straight away or get a second opinion, and I think I know the answer to that too. The guys I took it to yesterday, who I wont name, seemed 110% straight & competent and are highly recommended on [another Lotus forum] but are fundamentally Elise & Exige specialists. It also doesn't make sense that the place that did the ins
  6. Thanks all. So the quote came in at £7-10k. Seems a lot to fix a bit of rust but then from the 10 minutes I spent underneath it there is a lot of rust to fix! Nothing chassis related but fuel pipes, oil pipes, coolant pipes, oil coolers (not the coolers themselves, the fittings but apparently tricky to remove without damaging the cooler), one of the wishbones, probably a load more that I've forgotten.... All to be expected on a car of that age I guess but odd given I had work done on the turbo pipes not too long ago and none of the other stuff had been flagged. George - perhaps you're ri
  7. Hi Dan Yep, just spotted that thread, very pertinent! Always garaged, and hasn't seen rain or salt in years. I generally take it out at least once a month, far more in summer, but has sat for up to 3 months in the past due to my no salt / rain policy. The rust that's been discovered will have been building for years and will be a legacy of having been a daily driver back in the day. Still sat waiting for the quote. Decided that I'd miss if it was gone, undecided how much would be too much....!!
  8. Hello all Long time member here that has been away for a while. Currently sat in a coffee shop while my 98 Esprit V8-GT is up on a ramp, potentially facing a watershed moment. I'd booked it in for an inspection (I don't get it serviced as such as I do so few miles and didn't anticipate selling the car so I don't feel the need to get the book stamped) which has ended up showing all manner of stuff corroding that hid hitherto not come to light. Not quite sure how this had not come to light at previous inspections or even how it passed previous MOTs but that's another story. I'm awaiting an
  9. OK, Thursdays not great for me but if I can get sign-off from the wife I will endeavour to get down.
  10. And the answer is..........speak to PNM (while stocks last). Big thumbs up for Pete.
  11. Afternoon all The strut for my driver side wing mirror has recently given up (see photo). The below guide (which was invaluable in getting the wing mirror off - big thanks Alex Carter if you're still around) ended up finding the same issue as I currently have. Having visited a few welders it appears that welding is not an option due to the material, and SJ Sportscars can only source a second hand replacement from overseas but by the sounds of it wont be quick, easy or cheap. Has an
  12. Good stuff. Meant to say the car looked great! I'm in North Weald but sadly the esprit only comes out occasionally these days (and very rarely in the wetter months). Cheers Tim
  13. Second time I've seen you recently so assume you're local. I flashed you in the black Nissan gtr.
  14. Couldn't see properly in the dark and the rain but couldn't see a V8 logo on the back. Car looked great in the red with the lights up. Are you local?
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